At French Open, US men could tie Slam drought mark
Andy Roddick, understandably, is rather tired of hearing the
question, in one form or another: What’s wrong with U.S.
When a local reporter raised the subject at a tournament in Rome
last week, Roddick replied wryly: ”No bigger crisis than Italian
A little later, Roddick added: ”As far as harping on American
tennis, I think we’re kind of a victim of our own success over the
years in the sport. If you still stack us up against most
countries, we’re coming out ahead.”
Well, yes, that is true. What’s also true is this: The United
States has reached a low point in tennis. Not merely because the
country no longer churns out new champions with regularity, but
also because it is not really relevant at the top of the game.